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0749, 23 May 19

Nobody Wants a Surveillance State


A rare show of bipartisan unity broke out in Washington Wednesday as Republicans and Democrats on the House Oversight Committee expressed concerns over the rapid spread of facial recognition software used by technology companies.

“I don’t want to see an authoritarian surveillance state, whether it’s run by a government or whether it’s run by five corporations,” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said in reference to Amazon, Microsoft, Apple, Google and Facebook.


0749, 23 May 2019


  1. steveegg

    Even a flashing VCR is right once a year.

  2. jjf

    Unset VCRs were right twice a day, at noon and midnight, but who’s counting?

  3. Jason

    >but who’s counting?

    My VCR had an AM / PM so yeah…  I guess I’m a 1%’r in your book?

  4. dad29

    Even if all 535 agree that ‘the surveillance state’ is evil per se, any law written will have loopholes enabling the surveillance state.  They can’t help themselves.  Big money talks, and Big Government is the business of Mordor on the Potomac.

  5. steveegg

    Early-model flashing VCRs were correct once a day, as they had separate AM and PM settings.  Mid-model flashing VCRs were correct once per week, as they added the day of the week to the mix.  Late-model flashing VCRs were correct once per year as they added day of the month and month to the mix.

    Then again, given Foust is stuck in the late 1970s, he really shouldn’t be expected to know that.

  6. jjf

    OMG and there were self-setting ones!  I must be wrong about everything!

    Only Dad29 steps up to the plate to be on-topic.

    What, no one steps up to defend the right of private business to do whatever the hell they want?  It’s not a free speech issue to be able to write software?

  7. dad29

    Jiffy, ladder-logic is clearly not your ballpark.

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